For Strength for the Journey, 2019 is ending on a positive note. Through your support, we expanded programs and services and launched new initiatives. We grew from 130 children served in our Jamao learning center to about 230 in the learning center and 7 district public schools. Your contributions are touching the lives and changing opportunities daily. Please look at the photos and see what we accomplished! YOU are Strength for the Journey!
Back to School Program
The SFTJ Backpack program kick-started the school year. Advisory member Louise Terry organized the campaign to provide backpacks stuffed with all necessary school supplies to 70 children in poor mountain schools. SFTJ topped off the start-up by donating classroom materials to the teachers in our 7 SFTJ partner schools. Patsy and Jamie Skinner sent printers to each school, and many others contributed in the purchase of batteries and inverters to insure that each school had electricity. Now THAT is Strength for the Journey!
Strength for the Journey teachers travel off road in 4 wheel drive vehicles, though rivers and creeks and uphill over rocky terrain to reach children in our isolated, partner schools. Using dynamic, entertaining, and challenging methodology, we teach English, math, art, problem solving and thinking skills.
SFTJ Learning Center
Our Jamao learning center offerings include classes in acting, guitar, chorus, environmental awareness and recycling, values development and technology.
Meeting the Challenge
The Dominican Republic ranked last in reading among 79 countries worldwide who took the PISA achievement test. Strength for the Journey plans on changing those statistics, starting with the Jamao school district. Beginning January 2020, we will begin an intensive tutoring program in our 7 schools. Six teachers will work individually or in small groups with children in first through third grade. Our challenge is great, but we feel confident that SFTJ can achieve positive results.